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"Charlie ASH is exploding"

The New Zealand music scene is thriving and Charlie ASH is exploding out from it. - Trash Menagerie (Chicago)


"Charlie ASH are quite stunning"

Hailing from New Zealand, Charlie ASH are quite stunning. Following in the amazing footsteps of Ladyhawke Charlie ASH produce absolute turbo pop. It sounds like Kylie, Blondie mashed-in with Laura Imbruglia. Listen to "Come Back Lover." It's so much fun. I love the real retro synths merged with polarizing guitars and gut-wrenching yet sensitive vocals. These girls/guys absolutely rock. Their first album Lover is coming out soon and I can’t wait. Welcome to planet pop Charlie ASH! - Don't Stop the Pop (UK)


"A perfect distillation of No Doubt, Blondie and every other female-fronted new wave group you can think of"

Their new single Come Back Lover is a perfect distillation of No Doubt, Blondie and every other female-fronted new wave group you can think of (including a definite Cyndi Lauper influence)! The band's also got an unmistakable spunk and creativity about them (just look at some of their promo pics). They are a group I will be watching closely for the next few months. - #1 Hits From Another Planet (Washington DC)


"The next hipster band of the month on an international level"

Charlie ASH may not be well-known off their island of New Zealand yet, but they certainly wear enough gold lamé to be the next hipster band of the month on an international level. - Big Stereo (Portland, Oregon)


"The critical reappraisal begins right here"

The critical reappraisal of Color Me Badd begins right here, with [Charlie ASH's] aggro cover of their most grammatically improbable hit. - RollingStone.com


"CAN.CAN showcases one of New Zealand's most exciting up and coming bands"

"Blood Red Sleeve" was one of my favourite singles of 2006 and now it's available on CD...CAN.CAN showcases one of New Zealand's most exciting up and coming bands, contributing an exciting sound to an already prosperous New Zealand music scene..."Ah-hA" and "Blood Red Sleeve" have already had plenty of radio play, both spending time in Radio Active's Top 11. But it was 'O'Baby' that gained the most attention, spending six weeks in the Radioscope Top 10 and winning awards for its outstanding music video...But don't just believe me get out and hear it for yourself. 4/5 stars
- Groove Guide (NZ)


"An urgent and sexy debut"

CAN.CAN is an urgent and sexy debut from Charlie ASH, and when you throw in the wardrobe and stage theatrics you've got one hell of a band. 4/5 stars - Real Groove Magazine (NZ)


"Up and coming electro space-pop extroverts"

“Come Back Lover" is Charlie ASH’s most promising single, joining the likes of Chairlift as up and coming electro space-pop extroverts. - Einstein Music Journal blog (NZ)


Discography

Debut album due to be released in August 2009 (LOOP Recordings) first single, "Come Back Lover," playlisted on New Zealand student radio network (b.net) and major stations (91ZM, The Edge and Kiwi FM). Forthcoming music video for "Come Back Lover" made by 2008 Vodafone NZ Music Awards Best Video winner Ian Hart of Trophy Wife.

Charlie ASH cover of "I Wanna Sex You Up" by Colour Me Badd included on Buffetlibre DJs' Rewind 2.0 compilation, Jan. 2009 . Played on BBC Radio 1's Kissy Sell-Out show in Feb. 2009.

"O'Baby (Module Remix)" Top 10 on NZ Radioscope Alt Charts, 2008.

CAN.CAN EP, 2007. Reached No.18 on the Independent Music New Zealand Album Chart, Apr. 2007. Singles "O'Baby" and "Couldn't Couldn't" Top 10 on NZ Radioscope Alt Charts.

The band takes pride in all five of their music videos: "O'Baby," "Blood Red Sleeve," "Couldn't Couldn't," "Ah-hA" and "I Wanna Sex You Up" (go to the band MySpace - see link below).

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Charlie ASH come from the bottom of the globe (New Zealand to be precise) where Rosie Riggir and Mailee Mathews bonded over a love of indie-pop, lavish costumes and extravagant stage shows. The band has since been busy in the Kiwi music scene. With their first full-length album due to be released in August 2009 on LOOP Recordings in New Zealand (they already have an EP, CAN.CAN, under their gold lamé belts), recent triumphs include New Zealand's first 3-D video "Ah-hA" and an electrifying performance in the finale slot at the 2008 New Zealand Music Awards surrounded by dancers and acrobats. In past years the band has opened for international acts New Young Pony Club, Chicks On Speed, Juliette Lewis and the Licks, the Slits, and OKGO. They've also found time to produce an award-winning musical BOX for the Wellington Fringe Festival and a debut video "O'Baby" that won Best Overall Video at the 2006 Radio Active Handle the Jandal Music Video Awards.

In May of this year Charlie ASH will take this explosive creativity overseas, with tour dates in London (supporting Ladyhawke), Amsterdam, Berlin, and Paris.

Charlie ASH's European tour follows attention from both local and international sources: homegrown luminaries Dick 'Magik' Johnson, Fiord and Module have all recently remixed the band's tracks while their cover of "I Wanna Sex You Up" (originally by R&B slowjammers Colour Me Badd) was included on the Barcelona-based Buffetlibre DJs' Rewind 2.0 compilation and played recently on BBC Radio 1's Kissy Sell-Out show - receiving a heap of blogger attention in the process.